Mass Shooting Day — 0073

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • We have self-styled religious leaders who are quicker to blame the massive sufferings of a natural disaster on what are (in their view) the sins of the society than they are to call on their followers to mount a serious effort to help those in need.
    • The biggest and all-pervasive sin of this society is that we are slaves to money, to materialism, to worldly gains. I’ve seen a video of one of the leading evangelists of the 20th century waving a Bible and proclaiming that Jesus approved of capitalism. Oh, really? “You cannot serve God and money” — but Jesus approved of capitalism?
      • And, at the same time, the struggle for health care is impoverishing tens of millions of people. Is this what Jesus meant by “Heal the sick”? Tens of millions of people are struggling to feed themselves. “Feed the hungry”? At last count — before we lost count, unable to count them — the number of homeless is over 1.5 million (the lowest estimate) and rising. While evangelists building mega-churches. Glittering temples to the money-god. Didn’t Jesus smash the tables of the money-changers?
    • The American people have chosen leaders who openly flaunt their faith in the money-god. Will they be surprised when those leaders reveal themselves to be heartless in the face of massive suffering?
    • Faced with the stresses of immediate personal catastrophe, why wouldn’t many of us just pick up a gun and start shooting? Who cares? (Other than the people about to get shot.)
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Urging their congregants to care? Urging their congregants to action?

    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 28, 2017) is day 0073. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0073.

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